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Free Range Film Festival animal content, farm tours

This year's festival, presented in a 100-plus year old barn near Wrenshall, is Aug. 20-21.

Free Range Film Festival is Friday, Aug. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in a Wrenshall barn that's more than a century old. Steve Kuchera / 2016 file/ Duluth News Tribune
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This year’s Free Range Film Festival, the only local two-day event of its kind that screens features and shorts in a century-old barn, returns with more than a dozen films — including an entire night centered on animal content.

The fest, which started in 2004, is 7-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the barn on the junction of county roads 1 and 4 just south of Wrenshall. There is a suggested $10 donation. On Saturday night, there will be a food truck on site.

Some of the highlights include “Browsing History,” a short film about a video rental business through the early days of the pandemic by filmmaker Rachel Prost, who is also behind Friday’s opening film, “How Not to be Seen.”


  • Free Range Film Fest has poodle art and pelican heroes The annual two-day fest, held in an old barn in Wrenshall, offers about 20 short-shorts, medium shorts and feature-length films.
  • In past 15 years, Free Range Film Festival has developed its quirky aesthetic "Gods of Perdition," a new horror film by Brooklyn-based Alazmat Films, is the story of a young girl who fears being alienated from her father after her parents' divorce. It's a justifiable fear: A demonic clawed and amply-toothed creature has co...

Dan Fitzpatrick’s “Ocean Grass” is about the thermohaline (large-scale circulation in the ocean) that artist Cecilia Ramon mowed in grass. Festival favorite John Akre’s “Henry’s Scrapbook,” about two members of the Akre family visiting the same place 50 years apart, is also on the program, alongside “Museum of Woodcarving” by photographer-essayist Nik Nerburn.
Saturday’s lineup includes a look at hunters versus prey, a pet rabbit and a pet turtle, and the feature film, “We Don’t Deserve Dogs.”


The nearby Food Farm will offer tours from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

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I am a 20-plus year employee of the Duluth News Tribune, first as a sports reporter, briefly as a copy editor and now as a features reporter with an emphasis on arts, entertainment and oddities. I enjoy trail running, paddle boarding, reading, yoga, cooking and things that are hilarious. I live in, and celebrate, West Duluth with my elementary school aged daughter, my longtime partner, and two pandemic pets. I can be reached at (218) 279-5536 or
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